Instructional Design

5 Reasons Just-in-Time Learning Rocks


Are you looking for ways to improve upon your current learning programs? One easy thing you could try is providing just-in-time learning opportunities to your students. Just-in-time learning allows learners the opportunity to access the information and learning materials they need, when and where they need it. Here are 5 Reasons why it is worth giving just-in-time learning a try: …

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xAPI – The Liberation of Learning


Learning is never a linear experience. In fact, learning is constant, happening all the time in many different forms. Modern Instructional Designers are now looking past traditional self-paced training, and are finding ways to design training programs that capitalize on both formal and informal learning experiences. This is how the Experience API (xAPI) was born. You may know it as …

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5 Myths Surrounding eLearning


eElearning: a buzzword to some, an inconvenience for others, and the imminent future for instructional designers. But what is it? What do we mean by “eLearning”? I define eLearning as a set of online resources that facilitate an environment conducive to learning and exploration, where learners can interact with each other, with instructors, and with content in flexible, yet meaningful …

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The Accidental Instructional Designer: A Review


In The Accidental Instructional Designer: Learning Design for the Digital Age, Cammy Bean outlines what it means to be an instructional designer and how to create educational content that transcends the PowerPoint slide decks or “clicky-clicky bling-bling” to create meaningful, engaging, and effective technology-based learnings. Based on her own experiences as an “accidental instructional designer,” Bean offers advice on the …

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Using Humor and PSA-style Videos


What do you think of when you hear “online training” or “online education”? Over the years, I have heard many describe online training as boring tutorials that you have to click through, slide by slide, to fulfill a requirement set by your employer. As an instructional designer, I’m here to let you in on a little secret. We like to …

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Starbucks’ Impact on Instructional Design


After a recent strategic decision, Starbucks’ impact on Instructional Design may go deeper than keeping us caffeinated throughout the workday. On June 16, 2014, Starbucks announced that it would cover college tuition expenses at ASU Online for any of its employees working at least 20 hours a week with very few strings attached. With the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, employees …

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Moving Beyond the Next Button


The Next button: It is such a little thing, but its impact on eLearning can be huge! Should the next button be there? Should we only allow them to click next once they’ve viewed the entire section? Where do we put the Next button, on the interface, on the playbar, or both? What do we do about the Next button? …

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5 Things I Learned as a Student Worker

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Let me start off by saying that I absolutely love my job. This article is for those who are interested in the ever-growing and rewarding field of instructional design. There is a common saying about Mondays that always makes me smile, “Mondays aren’t so bad, it’s your job that sucks.” Well, I can honestly say that I no longer hate …

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7 Reasons to Utilize Instructional Designers


ou are an instructor. You are walking down the hall towards your office when a new nameplate appears on the door of a previously unoccupied space: “Why do I need the help of an instructional designer?” You might ask yourself. “I’ve been designing and teaching my own instruction for years!” Although you have certainly perfected your craft over the years, …

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What is an Instructional Designer?


ou wouldn’t let your average construction worker design a building, would you? Of course not! You would leave the designs to the architect who specializes in design processes and theory. Then, the implementation of these designs would be left to construction workers who also specialize in their own areas, such as electricity, plumbing, and carpentry. Specialization is not unique to …

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